NFHS Music Association Outstanding Educator Award

One nominee per state is accepted for this award, and the nominee must be endorsed by the state association office. Criteria for evaluation include: organization and continuance of an activity program, significant and ongoing contributions to the field, years of both curricular and co-curricular service, contributions to the profession both in and out of the state.


Doug Elmore – Floyd Central High School, Floyds Knobs


Janis Stockhouse – Bloomington High School North (Section 4 recipient)


NFHS Music Association Heart of the Arts Award

This award seeks to recognize any student, adult or group associated with the school’s performing arts who exemplify the ideals of the positive heart the arts that represent the core mission of education-based activities.

For example, it could be awarded to an individual (or group) that:

  • has demonstrated exemplary “heart,” sportsmanship and/or citizenship in participation as it should occur;
  • has exceeded normal expectations in assisting others within the school or community; or
  • has overcome adversity or a challenging circumstance.


Avon High School Orchestra Chamber Players (Section 4 recipient)
Dean Westman, Director

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